Judge denies new trial for Y-12 nuke protesters

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has denied a new trial for a nun and two other protesters who broke into a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar also ruled this week against a motion to acquit the three.

The defendants --Sister Megan Rice and protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed -- were convicted in May of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property last year at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. They are scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 28 in Knoxville and face up to 30 years in prison.

They remain in federal custody.

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